‘Tis the season of gifts, gestures, and being conscious.
Christmas is on its way, and before it knocks at your gate, don’t you want to be fully prepared to welcome it with the sparkling tree, artistic crib, thoughtful gifts, irresistible sweets, magical mistletoe, and so much season’s signature pieces?
All of this is exciting, but it is pivotal to remember the amount of waste piled up and thrown out during the holiday season.
2020 has not been easy for anyone, and there is no reason not to celebrate when you can. So if you are wondering how to go green this Christmas, you are exactly where you should be.
You have made a list, and now it’s time to be a conscious buyer and not let the environment suffer because of your choices.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Celebrate, but do not let nature deteriorate in the process.
The best part is that saving the environment while celebrating will also hold a considerable chunk of your pocket. Isn’t that already a good enough reason? You can decide if you want to add to the landfill or contribute to protecting nature while dancing around the Christmas tree with your loved ones.
Everyone loves to receive and give Christmas gifts, and it’s a lot more practical to provide useful, unique, and eco-friendly presents to your family and friends.
Choose to shop local, make handmade greeting cards, buy less, and reduce as much as you can for the happiness of Mother Earth and the humans living on it.
“What I Stand For Is What I Stand On” – Wendell Berry
I have come to your rescue with a list of inspirations and ideas for the best and conscious Christmas celebration ever-
Do you know the glittery, metallic, and shiny gift wrapping papers cant be recycled? It might attract you, but it does no good for the environment around you.
You would not want to harm nature to wrap a gift; therefore, opt for greener options to wrap gifts this holiday season. However, stick to the ultimate goal of gifting- to bring that smile with the act of love.
Some eco-alternatives of wrapping are-
- Brown paper
- Furoshiki (A Japanese tradition of wrapping items and gifts with a piece of cloth)
- Aluminum Foil
- Old pieces of paper and fabric (calendars, magazines, cotton cloth, etc.)
If you want to enhance your eco-packaging, you can tie a knot of the fabric on the box, use some real flowers as an embellishment, or try making a drawing or some stencil artwork to make it stand out.
Selecting A Christmas Tree
Christmas is incomplete without the Christmas tree, so choose to pick the environmentally friendly one. The point is to obtain and decorate a locally grown real Fir or Pine tree instead of an artificial one but if you already have an artificial tree, use it for min 7-10 min years instead of throwing it in a landfill.
The ongoing debate of real vs artificial only has made it clear to opt for the natural tree due to its easy recyclable and biodegradable nature.
From choosing a live potted tree to a handmade cardboard tree, you can even decide to lit up any plant you own for more sustainable options. There is a lot more that goes behind the sustainable way of obtaining a Christmas tree. Read more about factors to keep in mind while shopping for a real Christmas tree (All about renting if you don’t wish to buy, Christmas tree with the lowest carbon footprint, and how to deal with the one plastic tree that you already have)
Less Is More
Prepping up for Christmas can get overwhelming, right from fixing a tree to planning the gifts, finalizing the menu, to decorating the house; there is so much that one almost forgets to celebrate the festival’s spirit. So don’t get carried away and stuff your house with endless Christmas ornaments and stationery that you might end up throwing anyway.
Before you shop for decorative items, food items, gifts, etc., don’t forget to plan and make a list of everything you need for the Christmas celebration. Planning is the key if you want to be mindful of your shopping.
Check your old trunk and the leftover from the last year’s Christmas. One way to keep it minimal is not to overstuff the tree with hangings and twinkling lights.
KEEP IT SIMPLE KEEP IT LESS BECAUSE LESS IS DEFINITELY MORE
Ditch the usual way of procuring gifts from the market; instead, create something special for your loved ones.
Gifts appeal to everyone, and handmade will add that personal touch to make them stand out.
Remember- handmade doesn’t necessarily mean it’s sustainable. Right from choosing the ingredients, the process of making, and how you plan to deliver it finally contributes to a greener way of gifting. I recommend you try sustainable, old, recycled materials for creating a craft.
Avoid Wasting Food
Christmas feast? The much-awaited part of the celebration and a perfect time to sit and spend some quality time with everyone over such delicious food items.
But do you know, just during Christmas, almost 2 70,000 tons of food gets wasted… and that’s HUGE! So you don’t have to worry about not having to have the perfect Christmas feast because, with some mindful planning, you can still have the best time at the dinner table without becoming a part of the wastage community.
If you plan to call all your friends and relatives, take some time planning the food menu and portion. Right from Christmas sweets to the main course to desserts.
“I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.”
Check out some simple tips to avoid wastage-
- Plan Your Storage
- Use the freezer to reuse the raw materials.
- Give away the leftover
- Plan in advance
- Contact nearby food banks.
Opt For Eco-Friendly Practices
Good things take time and patience. If you are worried about not having enough options for a greener Christmas, here you go-
- Shop Local
- Use candles made of beeswax, soy wax, coconut oil, and rapeseed
- Make your handmade wreath with some dried orange slices, foliage, berries, etc.
- Don’t just buy new if you can borrow
- Use recycled materials
- Use natural things instead of artificial.
- Be mindful of electrical consumption and use energy-efficient lights.
- Say a big NO to plastics.
- Planning helps you big time.
- Shop fresh fruits and vegetables
- Choose real grass for Christmas Crib.
- Make handmade greetings to welcome the guests.
- Use old boxes, mason jars, and cartons for decorations and giveaways.
- Donate, but don’t waste
There are always some or other eco-friendly alternatives that you can incorporate to save the world.
The Earth Is What We All Have In Common – Wendell Berry
These are some of the easy ways to incorporate green practices for a mindful Green Christmas celebration.
I hope it can inspire! Let’s learn together, love together, and support the environment by taking baby steps to make the world a better place.
Do you have more eco-friendly celebration tips for this Christmas? Please share them in the comments!
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